Albany police awarded wrongful conviction grant

Grant will fund audio and video equipment for Albany police

ALBANY — The Albany Police Department has received a wrongful conviction grant in the amount of $20,538 from Criminal Justice Coordination Council through the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program, police officials say.

According to a press release by the APD, grant funds will be used to support the enhancement of interrogation equipment used by the Criminal Investigations Bureau of the APD with goal of increasing case clearances.

Aisha Ford with the Criminal Justice Coordination Council said on Wednesday that wrongful conviction grants are most often used to purchase high quality audio and video recording equipment to be used during criminal suspect interrogations.

“It’s a way to help make sure that everything is done according to policy,” Ford said.

“The (grant) funding will be used to purchase equipment and technology that will enhance the quality of service the bureau provides to all the citizens of Albany and Dougherty County while ensuring the ethical treatment of those we investigate,” said APD deputy chief Nathaniel Clark.